CANNES, France – Jacquelyn Carriere produced a short documentary film Two-Stroked: A Love Story which was featured in the Short Film Corner section of the international Cannes Film Festival held from May 13-24.
The Short Film Corner recognizes short films from across the globe, allowing directors and producers to promote their work and establish contacts in their field. The festival’s website calls it “the essential rendez-vous for filmmakers.”
Jacqui, currently an undergraduate at Emerson College and a 2012 graduate of Wakefield High School, created, produced and directed the Two-Stroked project as part of her junior year studies at Emerson as part of her Film Production major. Her film had recently been featured in the 13th Annual Boston Cinema Census Film Festival, the Mass Reality Check at Salem Film Festival and at Emerson College’s Fourth Annual Documentary Film Festival. Following positive feedback from viewers, Emerson College submitted the film to Cannes where it was accepted in the Short Film Corner for inclusion as part of the 11-day festival program.
Jacqui traveled to Cannes in France on May 10 to take part in the festival as part of a program developed by The Creative Mind Group, a non-profit organization. The program run by The Creative Mind Group is designed to aid participants in expanding their knowledge of the film business; assists up-and-coming filmmakers with access to important industry events, and provides them an opportunity to make industry contacts during the film festival. Since the Cannes Film Festival is the largest market film festival in the world, it provides a real-world environment for students to see the business side of the industry. The students spend two weeks immersed in the world of global film marketing and distribution, engaging in internships with some of the highest profile companies in entertainment and making contacts that could only happen along the Croisette, a prominent road in Cannes.
Carriere stated that “It was a tremendous learning experience to take part in the Cannes festival” and “Having now attended for the first time, I already have ideas for the next time I attend and plan on being even better prepared to showcase my work and prepare for my post Emerson career work.”
Two-Stroked: A Love Story is a light-hearted look at the quirky world of the moped community. The documentary features an inside look at the world of mopeds as seen through the eyes of the moped owners and repair professionals. A trailer for Carriere’s film can be seen on Carriere’s Vimeo page and further additional prior film credits can be viewed on YouTube .
While in Cannes, Jacqui learned she was awarded an EVVY for Outstanding Cinematography and Documentary for her Two-Stroked film. The film had been nominated for consideration at the 34th Annual EVVY Awards. The EVVY Awards Event is an Emerson College production that is the largest student-produced, multi-camera, live switch event in the nation. This was Carriere’s second nomination for an EVVY award. She also received a nomination during for Outstanding Cinematography in 2013 for her short film, Unbecoming Norah.
As part of curriculum, Carriere spent a semester in The Netherlands at the Emerson Kasteel Well campus and will be spending her last semester during her upcoming senior year at the College’s Los Angeles campus. The proximity to the industry and availability of internship program at that campus are expected to provide opportunities to further learn and promote her budding career.
Carriere credits her creative interest and desire to produce high quality productions to the staff of the Visual Arts team at Wakefield High School. While at WHS she took four years of courses under the tutelage of Jonathan Berecz and Chris Constantine. She credits their programs, desire for excellence in all aspects of the video production process and encouragement with instilling the “anything is possible attitude” toward preparing the students for their future careers in the industry. Wakefield is clearly one of the communities in the forefront in preparing their students for the future. She was able to put those learnings to practical use by participating in the WHS Fright Night and Blitz video production events.
While at WHS she used what she learned to create a number of videos, including a promotion video to present to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Wakefield High School’s core values, spirit and character. She also produced videos to help inspire and lead the WHS Warrior football and hockey teams during their 2011 and 2012 seasons with the Warrior Nation and The Red Sea videos.
Carriere has a produced a number of short films during and since her years at Wakefield High School. Some of her more well-known films include: Fearaphobia; Know Where; Who the #$%@ Is E. Presley; Unbecoming Norah; The Cat; Smile for the Camera: The Story of Monsieur Sourire; and It’s Confidential.
In addition to her EVVY Award, Carriere’s other film credits to-date include:
• 2012 Silver Key Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards: Know Where
• 2012 Producer’s Award WHSTV: Excellence in the field of television production
• 2011 Gold Key Boston Globe Scholastic Art Awards: Fearaphobia
• 2011 National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences: Award for Excellence
• 2010 WHSTV Excellence in Television Production: Student Emmy for Fearaphobia.